The End of Our Summer Veggies
The cool days of autumn slow the production of tomatoes, peppers, beans, and other heat loving veggies. I feel a little sad when I walk through the garden and see tiny little peppers that will never ripen. It’s always bittersweet knowing that there won’t be any more of my favorite summer vegetables to pick this season. But that doesn’t mean that my work in the garden is done!
The broccoli, cabbage, kale, pak choi, and other cool season crops are still going strong. I have potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, and beets to dig and bring in the basement for storage. I need to pick the rest of the green tomatoes to ripen on the windowsill. There is plenty of basil to pick and dry or make into pesto to freeze. I’d like to dry some oregano and mint for winter too.
Our weather reports have made no mention of frost so far this fall and next week we may see warmer days. Perhaps we’ll sneak in a few more ripe veggies, but I know it won’t last long. So I will continue blanching and freezing peppers and beans, and I have one last batch of spaghetti sauce on the stove cooking down.
Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter
Before long I’ll need to start fall cleanup. The weeds always take over at some point in the summer and now is high time to pull them and dig my beds for spring. I’d love to get the whole garden cleaned up when I get a chance.
There are still horseradish roots to harvest for homemade horseradish sauce. I want to dig up a few of my Fort Laramie strawberries to pot up and put in a sunny windowsill. They are a day neutral variety and I would love to have a few berries to snack on over the winter. I saved one of my sweet pepper plants that is potted up and acclimating to the life of a houseplant. Now if our goofy cat would just leave it alone, I’d be happy! I have pots of kale going into the greenhouse to extend their season and maybe I’ll get some more lettuce planted. We’ll see if the weather holds out long enough. Looks like I have plenty to keep me busy this fall!